There are many misconceptions about chimney sweeps. One of the most common is that they are simply outdated. Your local chimney sweeps were only important in the days before electricity right? Wrong.
You may be thinking, alright, I get it- some people still have fireplaces. So homeowners with fireplaces are the only people that need to regularly call their local chimney sweeps, right? Wrong again.
Yes, if your home owns a fireplace then you need to know a chimney sweep. But even if you don’t have a fireplace, if you own a home at all chances are you should be calling a local chimney sweep regularly.
Local Chimney Sweeps Keep Your Home Functional and Safe
When we say local chimney sweeps keep your home functional, we mean they keep your home comfortable enough for you to live in. Everyone has certain expectations of their home, and one of the most important is that it’s warm and cozy even on the most brutal winter nights.
Well, chimneys are part of the system that makes sure your home is warm and livable. This is because they are not just connected to fireplaces. Many American homes are heated by appliances like furnaces or boilers, and these appliances are usually connected to a chimney. When these appliances are used, gases are produced from the fuel they burn, and this needs to leave your home. That’s where the chimney comes in. It acts as a vent for the exhaust produced by your appliance. In order for this vent to work correctly, it needs to be clean. If it isn’t cleaned regularly, soot and other substances will build up and block its airflow, making it impossible for all the gases to leave your home. This means poisonous gases like carbon monoxide will remain in your home and put your household in danger. A clogged chimney also makes the appliance connected to it less efficient. So it won’t keep your home as warm as it should. The only way to keep your appliances efficient and safe is to have the chimney connected to it regularly cleaned and inspected by professionals.
Chimney Sweeps Take Care of All Vent Systems
Now that you know chimneys are basically venting systems, it should come as no surprise to you that chimney sweeps take care of other venting systems as well. Even if you own an appliance that’s not connected to what you would traditionally think of as a chimney, if it’s connected to a vent then chances are a chimney sweep can take care of it for you. Even if you never realized it before, all those vents, like a chimney, need to be cleaned and repaired regularly to make sure they are safe and working efficiently.
One example of a vent that you probably never realized needs to be taken care of, let alone by a chimney sweep, is your clothes dryer vent. A clothes dryer vent becomes clogged with lint after regular use, no matter how much you clean out the lint traps of your dryer. When lint builds up in the dryer vent, it makes it harder for moisture to leave your dryer, which means it will take longer for your dryer to dry your clothes. When your clothes dryer vent is clogged, you’ll find it will take multiple cycles for the dryer to dry one load of clothes, which wastes both your time and money.
Even worse, lint in your clothes dryer is flammable and can cause a fire. Thousands of house fires are started every year because of a clogged dryer vent; most times the homeowner never realized it ever needed to be cleaned. Don’t make the same mistake, call your local chimney sweep to regularly clean out your dryer vent and keep your home safe.
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